Raleigh’s a Good Place for Business!

If you are looking to start a business and live in the Raleigh area, you’re in luck! The National Federation of Independent Businesses, which has more than 8,000 members in North Carolina, has named Raleigh as the No. 2 Best City to Start a Business.  Along with this, Raleigh ranked #8 in the Top Ten Cities for Women Entrepreneurs. According to the study done by NerdWallet, Raleigh’s low unemployment rate and high number of businesses per person make it a great city for female entrepreneurs.

Raleigh is the 4th Fastest Growing City!

More good news for us living here in this beautiful city of Raleigh – Forbes just released it’s list of America’s Fastest Growing Cities and Raleigh made the cut at number 4!  With the many large companies in Research Triangle Park and a multitude of area colleges and universities, Raleigh is also considered a very educated city.  Harvey Schmitt, chief executive of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, explains, “We have been able to grow the worker pool by attracting a good deal of the graduates from the local colleges with a great quality of life at an affordable price. In turn, it’s attracted companies in search of talent.  Our employment numbers now exceed those at the beginning of the recession.”

To read more about the study and to see what other cities made the list, visit www.Forbes.com.

Raleigh Among Fastest Growing Urban Areas

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows in the past decade, Raleigh’s population increased over 60 percent from 2000 to 2010, ranking N.C.’s capital the 21st fastest growing urban area in the country.  The Raleigh area added more than 343,000 residents in the decade ending 2010, a 63.4 percent increase to nearly 885,000.  The Bureau defines “urban areas” as “densely developed residential, commercial or other nonresidential areas.”  The other NC urban city to make the list was Charlotte which came in at #1 for urban areas with 1 million or more residents with a population growth of 64.6 percent.

Source: News and Observer